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Tom Esslemont

As Nigerian sex trafficking rises, Italy tracks crime kingpins

09 Nov 2016

CATANIA, Italy (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Italian prosecutor Lina Trovato first came across a sex trafficking suspect called "Mummy", she sensed she was onto something especially sinister.

As Syrian deaths mount, world's 'responsibility to protect' takes a hit - experts

25 Oct 2016

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As civilians in the Syrian city of Aleppo are battered by air strikes, ground offensives and shelling, what has happened to the world's responsibility to protect populations under threat?

Slavery victims in UK 'worse off' after Brexit, says parliamentary watchdog chair

18 Oct 2016

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Victims of human trafficking could find themselves excluded from the "best legal protections" after Britain leaves the European Union, the chairwoman of a parliamentary anti-trafficking watchdog said on Tuesday.

British companies told 'no excuse for inaction' against slavery

18 Oct 2016

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Some of Britain's biggest firms are failing to properly check their supply chains for exposure to modern-day slavery despite tougher laws and a government-led crackdown on human trafficking, a monitoring group said on Monday.

Baby traffickers thriving in Nigeria as recession bites

12 Oct 2016

ENUGU, Nigeria/LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As 16-year-old Maria strained under the anguish of labour in southeastern Nigeria, a midwife repeatedly slapped her across the face - but the real ordeal began minutes after birth.

Rise in Nigerian sex slavery in Italy fuelled by violence and "juju" magic

29 Sep 2016

CATANIA, Italy (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Nigerian teenager Beauty arrived in Sicily after crossing the Mediterranean from North Africa last year, she had only hours to phone the man who trafficked her - or risk lethal repercussions for family members back home.

'Tougher scrutiny' of Britain's aid spending sees steep rise in fraud bill

22 Sep 2016

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Britain lost 40 percent more money through fraud in its overseas aid programmes in 2015/16 compared to the previous year, data shows, with the rise attributed to better reporting of its misappropriated funds, according to government officials.

Faulted by charities, U.N. plans to keep up relief work in Syria

08 Sep 2016

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United Nations plans to keep working with charities in Syria despite a decision by more than 70 relief groups to suspend ties with the U.N. for its links to the Syrian government, officials said on Thursday.

Faulted by charities, U.N. plans to keep up relief work in Syria

08 Sep 2016

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United Nations plans to keep working with charities in Syria despite a decision by more than 70 relief groups to suspend ties with the U.N. for its links to the Syrian government, officials said on Thursday.

Faulted by charities, UN plans to keep up relief work in Syria

08 Sep 2016

LONDON, Sept 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United Nations plans to keep working with charities in Syria despite a decision by more than 70 relief groups to suspend ties with the U.N. for its links to the Syrian government, officials said on Thursday.

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